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making news in america this monday morning, bracing for the blizzard. a monster snowstorm on the move. already causing problems in the midwest overnight. and it's only going to get bigger. the flight delays already happening right now and where up to 20 inches is possible. we're tracking it all. president trump's deadline is here. lawmakers want evidence into his claims that former president obama tapped his phones. will he ever provide proof? plus, new questions surrounding the firing of a new york federal prosecutor. was it really just procedural. breaking overnight, a new round of protests in ferguson, missouri, and the new video of the night michael brown was shot that's sparking it all. plus, this -- >> he landed on my head, shoulder and the back. >> collision course. a dolphin jumps out of the water
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with a surfer directly in its path. and we do say good morning, everybody, on this monday. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm mara schiavocampo in for diane. we begin with a mid-march storm gaining strength as it treks across the country. we want to first up show you the radar, and you can see the storm system. snow is falling in several states right now, iowa, wisconsin, illinois and indiana. >> and here's a live picture out of chicago right outside of wrigley field. we'll see that in just a second. in chicago about half a foot of snow is possible. that's a rare sight this winter for people in the windy city. that last measurable snowfall for chicago was december 17th. and we'll work on getting you a live picture. >> in fact, hawaii has had more snow than chicago. unbelievable. >> that's so unusual. >> so, that storm system will
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converge with another one that you see there and form that monster system and take aim at the east coast and here's what things will look like by tuesday evening. more than a foot expected in some spots and people are bracing. abc's janai norman among them. >> reporter: more than 60 million americans bracing for the big blizzard. >> awful. >> why? >> the snow is crazy. i didn't expect it to get this bad. it is intense. so crazy. >> reporter: the fierce nor'easter taking shape that could set records for the biggest snowfall in the month of march. snow is already pounding parts of the midwest. expected to collide with another system moving up the east coast creating a monster storm. >> we went and we got our milk and our eggs and we're ready to go. >> reporter: washington's famed cherry blossoms anticipated to reach peak bloom this week, but spring now on standby. the sudden surge of winter weather catching millions by
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surprise. >> it went from 60 degrees and a nice warm day in a t-shirt to this. >> reporter: last week's warmth giving way to these dangerous driving conditions in the icy grip of winter. >> i don't like the cold. i thought it was going to be -- we were going into spring. disappointed. >> i thought we kind of, you know, beat the winter but it's coming back. >> reporter: janai norman, abc news, washington. >> oh, we all thought we did. with spring right around the corner. well, we've been tracking the progress of the storm all night long. >> and accuweather's paul williams explains to us now how it will all come together later today. paul, good morning. >> good morning, mara, kendis. i want to prepare you properly for this monster of a nor'easter. first we have widespread cold. high pressure system to the north will bring that cold air coming in from canada. then we will have a strengthening of the jet as it dips further to the south and it opens the door for a couple of low pressure systems to meet right here towards the northeast, major impact throughout the northeast covering d.c., new york, as well as philadelphia up towards boston and the entire northeast.
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now, get this, we are expecting whiteouts, gusts between 40 to 60-mile-per-hour winds from tuesday going into tuesday night and we're looking at power outages, travel crippled to a standstill to nothing and perhaps even 24 inches or 2 feet of snow in some areas. kendis, mara. >> that storm already causing problems at some airports. >> more than 1,000 flights already canceled today and dozens are also delayed. most of them coming from chicago's o'hare and midway airports. expect those delays and cancellations to hit major east coast hubs this time tomorrow. well, now to washington where top lawmakers on the house intelligence committee want some answers today about president trump's wiretapping claims. they've asked the justice department to turn over any evidence the trump tower was wiretapped during last year's campaign at the order of former president obama. since making that claim in a series of explosive tweets, president trump has offered zero proof. and democrats are raising
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questions about the dismissal of former new york prosecutor, federal prosecutor preet bharara. he was 1 of 46 prosecutors who was let go by attorney general jeff sessions. during the transition, bharara said president trump had asked him to stay in office. now some democrats are suggesting that bharara may have been fired in order to slow down a potential corruption investigation of the trump administration. and the latest white house intruder has a scheduled court appearance today. he was arrested late friday after allegedly scaling a perimeter fence and getting close to the white house's southern entrance. now, police say 26-year-old jonathan tran was carrying a letter for the president that mentions russian hackers. the president praised those who took him into custody. >> the secret service did a fantastic job. he was a troubled person. very sad. >> well, tran was allegedly carrying two cans of mace and one of president trump's books when he was arrested. he'll likely face unlawful entry charges. there is an ominous warning
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for isis as coalition troops tighten their grip on western mosul. the presidential envoy for the alliance says iraqi forces have cut off all roads leading out of the former terrorist stronghold. he told reporters any isis fighters left in mosul, quote, are going to die because they're trapped. isis has held mosul since 2014. we're hearing from former south korean leader park geun-hye for the first time since her removal as president yesterday. her motorcade left the presidential palace on the way home from seoul. in a statement park denied any wrongdoing in the corruption scandal that led to her impeachment. she also insisted the truth will come out over time. back in the u.s. former vice president joe biden continuing his use of his cancer initiative to push for more research. he made an emotional appeal during an address at the south by southwest festival in austin, texas. now, biden urged tech innovators to use their resources to fight the disease. the former vp noted that the
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fight against cancer is the only bipartisan issue left in america. >> it's my hope that this new administration once it gets organized, and i'm not being facetious, will be able to focus on and be as committed and as enthusiastic as we were in the goal of ending cancer as we know it. >> and you'll recall the former vp's son beau biden died from brain cancer back in 2015. still ahead right here, why there is a lot more heart attacks and car crashes today compared to any other day of the year. and new this morning, a golf course owned by president trump vandalized. who says they did it and why. plus, caught on camera, talk about rooftop parking. the dramatic video showing this crash and how it ended up like this.
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overnight firefighters battle a massive blaze in downtown los angeles. the flames sent plumes of smoke across the city. the fire erupted at a commercial building. nearly 200 firefighters were on the scene. a large amount of chili peppers were being stored in the building adding fuel to the fire as well as creating an irritant. so far no injuries reported as a result. also in california, a golf course owned by president trump was vandalized over the weekend. video obtained by "the washington post" purportedly shows environmental activists defacing the trump national golf club located near long beach. several people carved no more tigers, no more woods into the grass. in a statement the activists claimed to be sending a message
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about climate change. elsewhere in california, a suspect is due in court in riverside this morning after he was caught on camera allegedly trying to entice a little girl into a supermarket bathroom. surveillance video captured a man identified as 78-year-old theodore childers allegedly trying to lure the 6-year-old girl into the men's room with a promise of a treat. she thankfully did not listen to him. after police released the video investigators say a gym employee recognized childers as a member. breaking news overnight in ferguson, missouri, where a fresh round of violence erupted following the release of a new documentary on michael brown's death. protesters gathered outside a convenience store. at least four people were arrested after gunshots erupted. no one was hurt. the protests come after "stranger fruit" premiered at the south by southwest festival in austin, texas. the film includes new video of brown inside that store before being shot. the director believes the video shows brown trading marijuana for cigars.
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that would challenge what police claim saying brown robbed the store. a police officer shot brown leading to months of unrest in the st. louis suburb. there was something unexpected in the air as well as on the ground near richmond, virginia. a hot air balloon came down in the middle of a neighborhood in the town of atlee. no injuries were reported. officials have not figured out what caused that balloon to come down abruptly. one of the stars of abc's "black-ish" is getting the ultimate endorsement, and it's from none other than michelle obama. >> the former first lady wrote a letter of recommendation for yara shahidi, who is applying for colleges. she plays zoe on the the hit comedy. the 17-year-old discussed her relationship with mrs. obama during an interview with "w" magazine. one of the colleges on her list is harvard university. the former first lady -- the former first daughter, malia, rather is heading there in the fall. >> i can't imagine you would not get in with that. >> can you imagine them saying -- >> let's hope so.
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up the waters of the lake. >> that really is unbelievable. >> yeah. now for a look at this morning's road conditions, snowy roads stretching from the midwest up into new england and wet roads along the east coast from d.c. down to florida and roads will also be wet in the pacific northwest with mountain snows further inland. if you're flying airport delays are possible in chicago, detroit, and washington, d.c. a recharging hoverboard is being blamed for a deadly fire in harrisburg, pennsylvania. a toddler died in that fire and two other children were critically injured. ashanti hughes, her death believed to be the first in the u.s. linked to a hoverboard fire. an adult and a teenage male were treated and released from the hospital. the girl's family understandably is just inconsolable. >> my granddaughter, we can't replace her. the pain is so deep. >> well, in yet another tragedy a firefighter heading to the scene of that fire died in a car crash.
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the governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor lieutenant dennis devoe. illusionist criss angel says he's fine after a scare during one of his performances in las vegas. angel is known for his straitjacket escape during which he's hoisted up by his ankles. well, on friday something went wrong and angel's team lowered him to the stage and then rushed him to the hospital. he was evaluated and released and he was back on stage over the weekend. angel talks about the incident this morning in an exclusive interview on "good morning america." half a world away, another guy who is just fine but perhaps a bit shaken up is this driver in china. surveillance video shows him skidding his honda suv out of control and flying onto the roof of a house that sat just below a highway. he was reportedly swerving to avoid hitting a tricycle and some pedestrians. the home suffered extensive damage clearly, but luckily it has been empty for some time and no one was hurt. >> and speaking of cars -- >> crazy. >> yeah, it is.
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wild video there and a wild scene in the meantime, where things got rough at a nascar race. kyle busch, number 18, joey logano, number 22, they don't like each other. they come in contact which leaves busch spinning out. >> busch didn't care for that so he let logano know it afterwards walking right up to him and leading with a punch. everyone then piled on to break things up. when busch came away from the melee, he had a bloody cut above his eye. that's not very sportsmanlike. >> yeah, i would say so, but what is sportsmanlike is basketball. >> all right, and now let's get some highlights from our friends at espn. good morning, america. good morning, utica. i'm john buccigross. on espn last night you might have been in bed preparing for your morning and you might have missed it. so here you go. rockets and cavaliers from houston, james harden, mvp candidate, lebron james, mvp candidate. houston up six with two minutes to go. good defense by houston. james harden brings it up,
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anderson, beverly for three, a big shot. that just about did the cavaliers in, another another triple-double for james harden. 30 for lebron, but the rockets win. ncaa tournament underway and our friends at westgate in las vegas have installed duke as the favorite to win the tournament with 5-1 odds. north carolina right behind them. villanova the number one overall seed, they are at 8-1 with kentucky, so villanova the number one overall seed in the tournament, but it's duke as the favorite to win it according, again, to the folks in las vegas. there, duke and north carolina have never met in an ncaa tournament game, any game at any level, however, jay bilas thinks they'll meet in the finals. we shall see. good morning, america. well, up next in "the pulse," the worst possible case of the mondays. why today is such a dangerous day. >> tell me about it.
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that's a dolphin jumping out of the water and landing just about right on top of a surfer. that's sam yoon on the board. after he saw the incident himself once he was back on land, yoon made an interesting observation about the dolphins in the water. >> after it happened, you know what, they communicated to each other that every time i was paddling they're coming and they're supposed to jump. they were getting away from me. >> that's a good way to look at it. so, surfer sam yoon claiming he could tell the dolphins were communicating with each other. >> well, the incident with the dolphin did not scare him off. yoon stayed in the water and now he's got one great story to tell. >> if it had been a shark, forget about it. wouldn't have went back. speaking of animals this time on land. >> meet ollie just adorable. he is a jack russell terrier who competed at england's crufts dog show over the weekend and his unorthodox style is earning him plenty of attention. >> he tackled the course in all the wrong ways from nose-diving
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>> announcer: good morning, east bay. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. >> 4:27 on monday, march 13th. we're already tracking potential problems if you're driving on 101. >> from potholes to road patches, crews have been busy all night getting it repaired in ti time for the commute. abc 7 -- let's get to alexis smith. hi, alexis. >> good morning. we have kate moving to the scene. we'll check in with kate larson shortly. we thought we were going to have a major problem. several vehicles hit potholes overnight. 101 past embarcadero, in the palo alto area, six or seven vehicles had flats. they did the emergency pothole repair. just wrapped it up 30 minutes ago so all lanes open now. we also had patching of the roadway and a few more potholes, northbound 101 near holly street
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in san carlos. i'm not seeing delays. looking better for the peninsula commute. we'll stay on top of that. also a problem wrapping up in the east bay. we'll look at that in less than ten. first, mike nicco, what a weekend. >> i spent a couple hundred miles in the car driving around the bay area. there are potholes everywhere. it is brutal. a little fog around santa rosa. otherwise, it is clear this morning as you tower. 7:00, we're still dark because of daylight savings. 46 to 50. the mid to upper 60s by noon. 71 to 75 at 4:00 at the bay and inland. look at the delightful evening, 57 at the coast. mid to upper 60s in the bay and inland. >> thank you so much. former president barack obama is in the bay area this morning and keeping a low profile so far. abc 7 news saw his
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drive out of the airport. this is the president's first trip to the area since leaving the white house. the former president flew into san jose yesterday after spending the day with warren buffet in omaha. no word of what his plans are while here. the milpitas man accused of jumping the white house fence with two cans of mace will be in federal court. 26-year-old jonathan tran was stopped before midnight on friday yards from the south entrance to the white house. he scaled the fence and told the officer he was friends with the president and had an invitation. he is charged with entering restricted grounds while carrying a dangerous weapon. he could face up to ten years in prison. he was laid off from his engineering job and living in his car. a major nor'easter developing in chicago. it is expecting one of its biggest storms of the season. abc 7 is in washington ahead of the storm.
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>> reporter: more than 60 million americans bracing for the big blizzard. >> awful. >> why? >> the snow is crazy. i didn't expect it to get this bad. it is intense. so crazy. >> reporter: the fierce nor'easter taking shape that could set records for the biggest snowfall in the month of march. snow is pounding parts of the midwest. expected to collide with another system moving up the east coast, creating a monster storm. >> we went and got our milk and eggs. we're ready to go. >> reporter: washington's cherry blossoms anticipated to reach peak bloom this week but spring is now on standby. the surge of winter weather catching millions by surprise. >> it went from 60 degrees, warm day and a t-shirt to this. >> reporter: last week's warmth giving way to these dangerous driving conditions in the icy grip of winter. >> i don't like the cold. i thought we were going into spring. disappointed. >> reporter: the

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